Perhimpunan Umat Buddha SGI Ikut Bantu Korban Banjir Thailand

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BANGKOK, 1 November /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ —

Dalam merespon banjir besar yang telah melanda banyak daerah di Thailand,
perhimpunan umat Buddha Soka Gakkai International Thailand (SGI-Thailand) telah
memobilisasi anggota mudanya untuk memberikan barang-barang bantuan, dan
membuka pusat di Nonthaburi, Thonburi dan Pattaya untuk digunakan sebagai
tempat penampungan bagi para pengungsi.

Pada tanggal 1 November, Soka Gakkai Jepang menyumbangkan US$ 50.000
kepada pemerintah Thailand guna mendukung upaya bantuan. Direktur Jenderal Soka
Gakkai, Masaaki Masaki dan Kenji Yoshigo, Direktur Eksekutif Urusan
Internasional, mengunjungi Kedutaan Besar Kerajaan Thailand untuk tujuan ini
dan bertemu dengan Duta Besar Virasakdi Futrakul.

SGI-Thailand dan anggotanya telah menyumbangkan pasokan bantuan senilai
lebih dari 2 juta baht Thailand (sekitar US$ 64.900) termasuk bahan makanan,
senter dan obat-obatan. Barang-barang ini telah dikemas dalam paket pasokan
bantuan, yang berisi mie instan, beras, susu, ikan kalengan dan kebutuhan
lainnya. Para anggota muda telah menyampaikan paket tersebut ke ratusan
keluarga korban di Nakhon Sawan, Lopburi dan Ayutthaya dari pusat-pusat
distribusi di Bangkok dan Thailand tengah, dengan menggunakan truk dan perahu.

Bapak Phuriphak Phuchongkawarin, pemimpin remaja SGI-Thailand,
berkomentar, “Ratusan anggota muda telah mengerahkan diri untuk membantu para
korban banjir. Ini merupakan pengalaman pertama kami memberi bantuan berskala
besar. Pada saat-saat seperti inilah kami benar-benar dapat mempraktekkan
semangat Buddha untuk mendedikasikan diri demi orang lain.”

Pada tanggal 13 Oktober, SGI-Thailand juga menyumbangkan 150 paket pasokan
bantuan, serta 1.000 kg beras, 1.500 botol air dan 2.000 bungkus mie instan,
kepada Kementerian Kebudayaan Thailand untuk disalurkan ke daerah-daerah yang
terkena.

SGI-Thailand juga siap membantu upaya pembersihan setelah airnya surut.

Perhimpunan umat Buddha Soka Gakkai International (SGI) memiliki 12 juta
anggota di seluruh dunia. Organisasi penyusunnya memiliki rekam jejak panjang
aktivitas bantuan kemanusiaan dalam merespon bencana alam.

Sumber: Soka Gakkai International

Kontak:
Joan Anderson
Kantor Penerangan Publik
Soka Gakkai International
Tel: +81-80-5957-4711
Fax: +81-3-5360-9885
E-mail: janderson[at]sgi.gr.jp
www.sgi.org


SGI Buddhist Association Supports Thai Flood Relief

BANGKOK, Nov. 1 /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ —

In response to the heavy flooding which has devastated many parts of the country, the Soka Gakkai International Thailand (SGI-Thailand) Buddhist association has mobilized its youth members to deliver relief goods, and opened its centers in Nonthaburi, Thonburi and Pattaya for use as shelters for displaced people.

On November 1, Soka Gakkai Japan made a donation of US$ 50,000 to the Thai government in support of relief efforts. Soka Gakkai General Director Masaaki Masaki and Kenji Yoshigo, Executive Director of International Affairs, visited the Royal Thai Embassy for this purpose and met with Ambassador Virasakdi Futrakul.

SGI-Thailand and its members have donated relief supplies worth over 2 million Thai baht (US$ 64,900) including foodstuffs, flashlights and medicines. These have been packed into relief supply packages, containing instant noodles, rice, milk, canned fish and other essentials. Youth members have delivered the packages to hundreds of affected families in Nakhon Sawan, Lopburi and Ayutthaya from distribution centers in Bangkok and central Thailand, using trucks and boats.

Mr. Phuriphak Phuchongkawarin, youth leader of SGI-Thailand, comments, “Many hundreds of youth members have been exerting themselves to help victims of the flooding. This is our first experience of such large-scale relief efforts. It is at times like these that we can really put into practice the Buddhist spirit of dedicating ourselves for the sake of others.”

On October 13, SGI-Thailand also donated 150 relief supply packages, as well as 1,000 kg of rice, 1,500 bottles of water and 2,000 packs of instant noodles, to the Thai Ministry of Culture for distribution to affected areas.

SGI-Thailand is also poised to help with clean-up efforts after the water has receded.

The Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association has 12 million members around the world. Its constituent organizations have a long track record of humanitarian relief activities in response to natural disasters.

Source: Soka Gakkai International

Contact:
Joan Anderson
Office of Public Information
Soka Gakkai International
Tel: +81-80-5957-4711
Fax: +81-3-5360-9885
E-mail: janderson[at]sgi.gr.jp
www.sgi.org